Costa Rica, the journey has begun...

Trip Start Dec 12, 2002
Trip End Aug 01, 2003

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Our three months journey (minimum!) begun relaxing in Montezuma, Costa Rica, a gringo-hippie town at the pacific ocean on the Nicoya-peninsula. After traveling alone in Panama, Emma joined me to explore this part of the world together. We decided to go to Nicaragua immediately after a stopover of a couple of nights in Monteverde and La Fortuna. Monteverde is famous for it´s beautiful cloud forest where a scorpion lives who has tasted a little bit of me. Monteverde is the village founded in the fifties by American quakers who left their country in search for a peaceful place to live. Several members of their community spent the second world war in jail because they refused to be drafted. When Costa Rica decided to get rid of the army they found a perfect country to settle down...
La Fortuna is a little village on the other side of the volcano Arenal. Here you can see, if you´re lucky, an active volcano. If you´re lucky, because most of the time it is covered in clouds...
From La fortuna to Los Chiles, where a little boat takes us over the Rio Frio cross the border to San Carlos, a little harbor town on the lago de Nicaragua...
Entering San Carlos is like going trough a timegatewarphole or something back to the middle ages. First the immigration office, where two immigration officers need a lot of time and a lot of stamps before they let you pass... walking over the deck to the street where you get your first culture shock. San Carlos has most of the time no electricity or running water. The street was filled with people selling stuff that nobody needs, open air restaurants cooking on wood fires, hygiene being something different, an old, really old chicken bus trying to makes his way in a cloud of black smog, and lots of children who beg for food or who are selling mango's and chewing gum...
If you thought the roads were bad in Costa Rica was in for a surprise, because the roads in this town are only good for a four wheel drive...
We enjoyed our stay however and had a great red snapper in a candle lit restaurant with view on the lake and the cow boats. The following day we would leave for Ometepe, a beautiful 8-shaped island with a volcano on either end. Thinking that the boat ride would last about an hour or three we thought to arrive at 6 p.m. The boat was loaded with happy Nicaraguans, us as the only tourists, who hung their hammocks everywhere on deck and below. Clearly they were not preparing for a 3 hour ride!
¡Claro! It took us 10 hours and we arrived at 1 a.m. at Ometepe.
To be continued on the next entry : Nicaragua and Honduras

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